Summer 2019 Assignments

Dear Boys and Families,


We at the Mesivta are dedicated to creating lifelong learners.  We want our boys to carry academia beyond the halls of our building, and incorporate it into their everyday life.  Our goal is also to promote independent thinking and critical reasoning skills.  Therefore, our students will have summer assignments based on your current placement level to develop these areas in math and English. This will serve as a touchstone at the beginning of the year to allow us to maximize class time and support content mastery.  Especially given the timing of the holidays, we need our boys to have content material at the ready. It will also help us as departments to gauge the skills of students in our room so that we can make informed decisions with course directions and need for remediation/review.



Each student will receive a math packet based on their level for next year.  This will review concepts covered in previous courses that are foundational for their content next year, as well as glimpse topics they will see emerge.  Directions and problems are specific to each course and clearly stated both in the physical packet and on our website.  Students are expected to bring their COMPLETED packet for their first day of class.  This will count as a MAJOR assignment, and it is imperative that students work through the content to hit the ground running.


Students will have summer reading based on their course for next year.  We purchased the books for each student to help start the summer off on the right foot.  The expectation is that students read for content and style.  These are their texts to keep, so utilizing a note-taking strategy is essential for supporting retention (sticky notes, highlighting, writing in margins, chapter summary notes, etc.).  Some graphic organizers to support independent reading are also provided on our website.


9th Grade

College Prep -- The Pearl

Honors -- The Miracle Worker


10th Grade

College Prep--All Quiet on the Western Front

Honors -- Fahrenheit 451


11th and 12th Grade

College Prep - 11/12 -- The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Active Reading Assignment:  Underline main ideas/ plot points, Circle words to define, double underline themes and metaphors with notes/questions in the margins.

AP Literature 11 -- Hamlet and Rosencranz and Guildenstern are Dead

AP Language -- Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything


Students should be prepared for a major assessment (test/essay/oral exam) at the start of the year.  This will be our first unit, so it is imperative that students have read their text prior to the start of the school year.


In addition to Math and English, AP Psychology and AP US History (11) have additional summer assignments.  These are listed below.


AP Psychology: Unit 1 and Unit 2, with questions

AP US History:  Devil in the White City and reading questions


Furthermore, please look for an update this summer regarding summer assignment(s) for Judaics.  

Again, we are grateful for your support with this, and we are excited to watch your boys evolve over the next year.  Thank you for allowing us to be on this journey with them.


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